According to authorities, eight people were injured on Tuesday morning when a four-storey building partially collapsed as a result of an explosion on the west side of the city.
The collapse reportedly occurred around 9 a.m. near North Central Avenue and West Washington Boulevard. The adjacent building has been evacuated, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Level 1 Hazmat was sent to the scene, as were the ATF and the CPD bomb unit.
At least 10 ambulances were sent to the scene, with six transports so far. The total number of injured was not immediately clear, but eight people have been taken to hospitals in the area, according to the fire service:
Two men were taken to Loyola University medical center, one in serious to critical condition, one in fair condition;
A man and a woman were taken to Sinai Hospital on the mountain in reasonable condition;
A woman was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in fair condition;
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A man was taken to Mt Sinai Hospital in serious to critical condition
Two men were taken to Stroger in serious to critical condition.
Urban Alternatives, a property management company that owns the 35-unit building at 5601 W. West End Ave. managed, released a statement Tuesday morning confirming the explosion.
“This is a devastating event and we are heartbroken for all of our residents,” said a statement attributed to Roman Viere, the building’s owner.
“Our primary concern is the health, well-being and safety of our residents. We are doing everything we can to work with the emergency services and we are ready to do everything we can to support our residents.”
Come back for updates.